I can’t even begin to describe how much joy being a photographer brings to my life! Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of really tough days being your own boss and running a business, but every day my job makes me so excited. Taking pictures of beautiful couples during such a special time in their relationship is honestly the greatest privilege! I have been so blessed in my business to be able to work with the best couples who don’t make a single second of my job feel like work. Michalene and Chris are exactly one of those couples who make my heart so happy! Everything about them and their engagement session makes me want to just write ????????????! I had such a blast hanging out with them, driving all around Salem taking pictures of them together – I honestly felt like the three of us have been friends forever!
Speaking of forever, Michalene and Chris have been dating since 8th grade! That’s right, 8th grade!! They even brought a picture of them from 8th grade, so you’ll have to scroll down to see them together back in the day! 🙂
Michalene and Chris’ engagement session started at Notch Brewery, where the three of us had a beer and hung out for a little! Then we drove over to the Sail Loft just a few blocks away from Notch. The Sail Loft was such a cool building so we couldn’t pass that up! It also had a really picturesque rocky walkway that I loved as well! Then on our way heading over to the Salem Willows, Chris spotted a street sign for Hardy Street, so we had to make a stop there to take a picture under the sign because Chris’ last name is Hardy! We didn’t play any arcade games at the Willows, but there’s a gorgeous pier and beautiful rocks that made for the perfect backdrop! It ended up being an overcast day, so we had such beautiful, even, natural light (aka my favorite weather for capturing bright, dreamy pictures). Even though it was cloudy and overcast all day, the evening ended with the most beautiful orange, pink, and red sunset! It was the best way to end an awesome evening spent with these two! I am so excited to share all of my favorite images from this Salem engagement session for these two middle school sweethearts!!
Michalene and Chris, I can’t wait for June 16th, 2018 to celebrate your love with all of your friends and family!
Also, if you loved Michalene’s hair and makeup, check out Flawless Makeup Company and ask for Kristina Makris!